LGVMA Good News!
Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association Volume 17 No. 2
The Garnier-Evans Family at the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll
Letter to JAVMA
Ways to Move Forward
Montreal– The New Beginning
Toronto Pride Report and more….
LGVMA Membership Drive LGVMA is on Facebook! Scholarship Deadline
Our recent membership survey Sign up with Facebook and search for Extended for Veterinary
revealed most members know LGMVA. Currently, there are 82 Technician Students—
non-member LGBT veterinarians, LGVMA members on Facebook– New Deadline:
students and veterinary technicians, come join us! September 30, 2009
and are willing to invite them to join Apply now for the $750 veterinary
LGVMA. As a group, we will create This great networking site is open to technician student scholarship.
a bigger presence and input for anyone worldwide. Just log-on to
veterinary medicine. Facebook, do a search for LGVMA Check the LGVMA website for
and you will find us. application information.
To encourage members to pass the
word, we will start keeping track of To make suggestions for content or to
Change of address or E-mail?
referrals and award a prize for post event pictures, feel free to
It is up to you to keep your
bringing in the most new members! contact Vince Thawley (Penn Vet 09)
membership profile up-to-date
online at www.LGVMA.org.
Nominations for LGVMA
Achievement Award Update today—we don't want to lose
Submit your nomination for touch with you!
LGVMA's 2009 Achievement Award
for an individual or organization that
promotes our identity and purpose.
Send letter of nomination to
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LGVMA Officers 2008 to 2010:
President Jennifer Thomas, DVM— Ferndale, MI
Vice President Chip Wells, DVM— Washington, DC
Executive Secretary Ken Gorczyca, DVM— San Francisco, CA
Secretary Karen Hull, DVM— Gosport, IN
Treasurer Michael Miller, DVM— Alameda, CA
At-Large Board Members:
Ted Eudy, DVM— Santa Fe, NM
Nick DePompa (Auburn 2011) Student Representative— Auburn, AL
Lyn T. Garson, CVT— Technician Representative— Enfield, CT
E. Scott Weber, VMD— West Sacramento, CA
GOOD NEWS! Staff:
Lyn T. Garson, CVT— Enfield, CT
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2 LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009
Letter from LGVMA President
Jennifer Thomas, DVM
Special Thank You For
Greetings! Association of American Veterinary
Medical Colleges (AAVMC) diversity
It has been an exciting year so far for symposium that was recently featured in Shane Bateman, DVM
(SAVMA Symposium panel, Montreal
LGVMA. I want to welcome all of our the journal. To read the original article booth, Toronto Gay Pride)
new members! published in JAVMA regarding the
Michael Chaddock, DVM
Iverson Bell Symposium 2009 follow (donation)
We have developed a new logo and this link: http://www.avma.org/ Mathieu Chéhadé (Montreal 2010)
created a banner for our first ever onlnews/javma/may09/090515a.asp (Helped translate brochure into
French for Montreal)
conference exhibit hall booth at the Look for our response letter to be
Larry Dawson, DVM
ACVIM/Canadian VMA in Montreal, published soon in JAVMA. See full copy (scholarship committee)
which gave LGVMA lots of interest. The of our letter on page 4 of Good News!
Linda Detwiller, DVM
banner went to Pride in Toronto before Already, in response to our letter, the (SAVMA Symposium panel)
its next showing at our booth at the AAVMC has invited LGVMA to be a co- Mathew Hamilton, DVM
AVMA convention in Seattle--be sure sponsor of a North American Veterinary
to stop in and see us if you will be Medical Education Consortium, which Wayne Hollingshead, DVM
attending, or, better yet, sign up to help will develop a plan to address the future
Jenni Huelsman (Ohio)
us staff the booth. diversity needs of the veterinary (SAVMA Symposium 2009)
profession. We have finally been offered
Lesbian Connection Magazine
Speaking of the AVMA conference, we a place at the table!
Michael McGuill, DVM
will be holding our annual meeting there (JAVMA letter)
on Sunday, July 12, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Let's keep the momentum moving
the Elliott Bay room of the Westin. forward into the rest of the year. For (banner design)
Please join us! We are also hosting our LGVMA to continue representing the Morris Samson, DVM
Annual Dinner on Sunday at 7PM. issues important to our members and (LGVMA supporter in Toronto who
displayed banner with Shane)
Check the LGVMA booth or our website our profession, we need each of your
Ilana Strubel, DVM
for location. continued support. This includes (donation)
volunteering when possible,
Jennifer Thomas, DVM
We are also moving forward in our encouraging your LGBT and straight- (SAVMA Symposium panel)
veterinary technician outreach. We supporting colleagues to become Scott Weber, VMD
have established our first scholarship for members and continued donations to
technician students, and we are in the our general and student scholarship Tim Withers, DVM
process of updating our bylaws and funds. We appreciate your support!
American College of Veterinary
constitution to, among other things, Internal Medicine
make technicians full voting members. Sincerely,
Canadian Veterinary Medical
Much thanks to Lyn Garson, CVT, our Jennifer Thomas, DVM Association
technician representative to the board, President LGVMA Montreal, Canada
and Wayne Hollingshead DVM, our
Association of American Veterinary
Canadian representative, for their Medical Colleges
(for inviting LGVMA to be co-
dedication and outreach efforts. partners)
We have also been busy drafting a (for publishing our letter)
response letter to JAVMA regarding the
LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009 3
LGVMA’s Letter to JAVMA
June 1, 2009
Dear JAVMA Editor,
The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) applauds the 2009 Iverson Bell Symposium and AAVMC for
advocating college-wide education and diversity training in veterinary medicine (JAVMA, May 15, 2009). We have common goals.
As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, we wholeheartedly agree that understanding and achieving diversity
within the veterinary profession “provides improved educational and professional experiences, making everyone better
practitioners.” We also agree it is vital for our profession – to meet the racial, ethnic and cultural needs of society – to produce
veterinary graduates and faculty who possess diverse perspectives. As Dr. Nivet pointed out during the symposium, doing so provides
a strategy for our profession to achieve excellence.
We believe Dr. Pappaioanou offered the answer when she told symposium attendees “education is the key . . . and that AAVMC is
moving ahead on that front.” Indeed, we are grateful AAVMC is committed to this process. But we encourage the discussion be
expanded beyond the racial and ethnic perspectives presented at the symposium by including the experiences of other “hidden”
communities within the profession.
Of course, total equality will not occur until boards, committees, faculty and clinic ownership mirror the diversity of our profession –
and our society. To illustrate this point, we share some insights obtained from our 2009 membership survey of LGBT veterinarians
and technicians: Twenty percent reported experiencing prejudicial attitudes and behaviors from within the profession, either in
academia or business, by other veterinarians. Additionally, a study of discrimination conducted by the British Medical Association,
(British Medical Association, Career Barriers in Medicine: Doctors Experiences, June 2004), revealed the following1:
LGBT doctors commonly experience homophobia in the workplace
LGBT doctors routinely fear and experience discrimination in their work environments
Incidents of LGBT discrimination are often unnoticed and unchallenged
Those in authority often cannot be relied upon for support
A supportive environment or person can make a genuine difference and benefit the doctor
Over the last 20 years, as society has taken progressive steps toward greater acceptance of LGBT individuals, the veterinary
profession has been slow to keep pace. Perhaps our profession can follow the example set by the American Medical Association,
and the corporate world, by recognizing the value of diversity training for employees to include LGBT perspectives as part of this
education. We call upon the veterinary profession, and all of its institutions of higher learning, to do the same.
Because we look no different from the rest of society, LGBT individuals often go unnoticed. But we have always been members
of your community and the veterinary profession. We are friends, family, faculty, staff, students, clients, practitioners, leaders
and colleagues. Despite differences, we are one profession joined in the pursuit of excellence. One day soon, like the Association
of Woman Veterinarians, we hope the LGVMA will be incorporated and welcomed into the greater veterinary profession.
On behalf of the LGVMA Board of Directors, respectfully,
Jennifer Thomas, DVM
Ted Eudy, DVM
Lyn T. Garson, CVT
Ken Gorczyca, DVM
Wayne Hollingshead, DVM
Michael McGuill, DVM, DMP, DACVPM
Scott Weber, VMD, MCs
Tim Withers, DVM
4 LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009
up for the general E-list, and only vet students and vet
LGVMA User Guide techs are signed up to the other E-lists. Make sure your
Our move to MemberClicks is complete. As an all spam filter does not keep out these messages.
volunteer organization, we hope our new online
membership services will help cut down on volunteer
3. Worldwide Yahoo Listserve
hours by shifting the responsibility of updating profile
information to our members. Please remember to ensure LGVMA has decided to keep our Yahoo listserve,
your E-mail address is kept up-to-date in our online which we have utilized in the past. This list will be for
system so we can avoid losing track of you— especially our individuals worldwide who are not LGVMA members,
student members who may no longer hold a school E-mail but want to receive information and notices. LGVMA
account after graduation. is the only group of LGBT veterinarians, veterinary
technicians and students in the world. We have
In the past, all memberships were renewed in January individual e-list members from Africa, Asia, Europe,
of each year. Members will now receive an e-renewal one the South Pacific and South America. To sign up for
year from the last payment date. Although we prefer that the Yahoo listserve, go to www.lgvma.org and follow
members pay on-line, we will accept checks for those posted instructions.
4. Calendar of Events
Below are some of the many features to help you navigate
You will find a calendar of events on our members-
our new MemberClicks online system:
only section and a similar public calendar on our
1. Communication public website. To add an event to the calendar, send
You can contact an individual LGVMA member event information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
through the online directory by going to the person's
profile, or you can communicate to all members by 5. Discussion Boards
clicking the "contact" button. Members can also elect
Our members-only section offers discussion boards for
to stop receiving group messages by accessing and
communication and education.
updating your profile. LGVMA uses the online
directory to send important messages and our
e-newsletter, Good News! Be sure your E-mail address 6. LGVMA Newsletter
and all contact info is accurate so we can reach you.
We recently moved to an E-newsletter to save costs.
Our membership survey indicated that nearly half of
2. E-listserves you prefer a paper newsletter, so the board will be
revisiting this option. Current and past newsletters can
For group communication and discussions.
be found in our library in the members-only section.
To request an E-newsletter directly to you as an
attachment contact email@example.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org— 7. Board Minutes
Members can read board minutes to understand the
process and decisions. All members are always invited
You can access your personal profile to turn on or off
to join our board meetings.
any of these e-lists. Currently, all members are signed
LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009 5
One Member’s List of Ways to Move Forward
By Michael McGuill, DVM
Last month in JAVMA (May 15, 2009), advocating radical political action. I am profession and encourage our
I eagerly read the article summary of the simply saying that it’s up to those of us profession’s leaders and organizations
2009 Iverson Bell Symposium, a recent in the LGBT veterinary community to to include us. These are my suggestions,
diversity conference hosted by the hold our profession’s leaders and not necessarily those of LGVMA. My
Association for American Veterinary organizations accountable; to speak up intention is not to find a list that
Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The on behalf of LGBT inclusion at every everyone can agree on; I encourage each
symposium’s intention was to strategize opportunity; and, in general, to take of you to create your own lists, and share
about how to increase diversity in actions that will ensure that our them with us. Here it goes:
veterinary schools, to reflect the profession, our employers, and our vet
diversity of veterinary clients and of the schools understand and support LGBT 1. Make a list of everyone you knew
population in general. I read with veterinarians, technicians and LGBT from your vet school who is a LGBT
interest about the conference to the last veterinary clients. individual, and ask each one to join
word. There was no mention of the LGVMA (if they don’t already belong).
words “gay” or “lesbian.” We have all recently witnessed the Send each an email or note, mention
historic election of our Nation’s first LGVMA’s recent letter in JAVMA, our
I thought about the article, and about African-American President, who speaks co-sponsorship of the newly-formed
the ways in which our profession has openly about LGBT rights as part of his North American Veterinary Medical
failed to support us, and I reached two agenda, and we’ve either watched or Education Consortium (see below), and
conclusions. The first is that, left to participated in a growing momentum to ask them to be part of a growing
themselves, the leaders of our profession legalize gay marriage. I live in movement to increase our presence and
and its umbrella organizations seem to Massachusetts, and our six-year-old son acceptance in the veterinary profession.
have little interest for inclusion of LGBT now has two dads who are married. It’s a Give them all the information they need
individuals or issues. Despite the leaps great feeling, but many who watched to join LGVMA.
that the LGBT community has made in from other states may not realize that
our society and every other health the struggle took years of intense 2. If you know LGBT faculty at your
profession in our nation, and despite the coalition-building, strategy, and truth- vet school or other vet schools, do the
tireless years of efforts made by LGVMA telling by tens of thousands of same. If you know LGBT pharmacy
to open doors, veterinary medicine Massachusetts residents. Recently representatives or distributors, tell
remains in the “dark ages” about LGBT someone from the LGBT veterinary them about LGVMA and encourage
inclusion. As much as our wishes to community suggested to me that it’s them to join.
stand tall beside other health our profession’s turn to “ride the wave”
professions and demand that we be of progress. Unfortunately, it’s not as if 3. Make a list of non-LGBT individuals
included under the “One Health” we can effortlessly ask for doors to open, you know who support LGVMA’s
umbrella, its retrograde politics, at least and watch them do so. We can be professional struggle. LGVMA needs
regarding LGBT matters, makes it look emboldened by the knowledge that to broaden its organization to include
more like a third world country than an LGBT support is growing, especially many more non-LGBT, supportive
organization poised to join elbows with amongst the younger generation, but we veterinarians and non-veterinarians.
the zeitgeist. must accept that if change is to occur in All civil rights movements have
our profession, we must lead it. understood the need to build friendships
The second conclusion is that the field with others who support their rights.
of veterinary medicine will not change I came up with a list of ways we might LGVMA members should include vet
unless we demand it. I am not promote LGBT visibility within our school deans, members of AVMA’s
6 LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009
Ways to Move Forward– continued
executive team, veterinary pharmacy they should. The Executive Director regarding the Iverson Bell
company executives, and countless of our VMA in Massachusetts is an Symposium’s exclusion of LGBT
others. Currently, a class of out lesbian, who speaks and writes issues. As a result of that letter, the
membership within LGVMA exists about her partner and two kids Executive Director of the Association
which is called “Friend.” Only three often; she is also a lawyer, and she of American Veterinary Medical
people have joined LGVMA in this may be an ally to LGVMA in thinking Colleges has invited LGVMA to
category— three people! I suggest about ways to include LGBT and become a co-sponsor and participant
that LGVMA think about ways to non-LGBT veterinary professions in in the North American Veterinary
make membership for non-LGBT our organization. Medical Education Consortium,
supporters more attractive. Once which plans to create a national plan
they do, we should all begin asking 7. As an alumni of your vet school, for the societal needs of our
non-LGBT leaders in our profession offer to participate in diversity profession. As one of several who
who support our rights for full workshops and training to offer the participated in creating the letter to
inclusion in our profession to join perspective of a LGBT veterinary JAVMA, and who signed it, I’m
our organization. LGVMA, please professional. Ask if your school has excited to learn of other reactions to
help us figure this out! an LGVMA chapter; offer to our letter.
participate in it.
4. If you are looking for new career I have one final suggestion. I’d like to
opportunities, find out if potential 8. The next time someone speaks ask LGVMA to offer a place on our
employers offer domestic partner about their family, and you “zip your website for everyone to list their own
benefits and if their nondiscriminatory lips up” before speaking about your ideas, and to tell stories about how
policies include sexual orientation. own, think again and, if you can, others within and outside of the
Speak openly about how you’ll be mention your family. The more we LGBT veterinary community have
considering such benefits and speak about our lives, partners, and responded to our efforts to invite
policies when deciding on your next families as a part of regular their participation in LGVMA, or ask
career choice. conversation, the more likely others for equal treatment at work, or in
are to see us as part of the culture. other ways act on any item in this list
5. If you’re not out at work, come out. or items added to the online list by
9. If it seems appropriate, come out LGVMA members. I am excited
6. If you work in a practice that to your LGBT and straight clients. about the new energy I sense within
doesn’t offer domestic partner Be respectful; avoid mentioning your LGVMA, and I look forward to the
benefits or a nondiscrimination sexual orientation in a way that next months and years ahead as a
policy that doesn’t include sexual might be perceived as sexual time when we will be leading the
orientation, speak with the owners to harassment. Coming out to clients in profession into a new era of
encourage them to change such a friendly, subtle way may be acceptance and inclusion of LGBT
benefits and policies. especially helpful to clients in areas individuals and issues.
that are not known to be friendly
7. If you’re involved in your state toward LGBT individuals. Perhaps
VMA (and many of us are or have place a subtle rainbow symbol in Editor’s note- LGVMA has started
been), find out if they offer domestic your waiting room. a discussion board in our Members
partner benefits and if their Only section for a continuation of
nondiscriminatory policies include As you’ve read in this issue of the this important and timely issue.
sexual orientation. If they don’t, LGVMA’s Good News!, LGVMA
come out to them and let them know wrote a formal response to JAVMA
LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009 7
LGVMA Updates Logo
By Ken Gorczyca, DVM
The original LGVMA logo was developed The rainbow gay flag was first flown in
in 1991 under the wings of the the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day
International Membership of Gay and Parade on June 25, 1978 and designed
Lesbian Animal Doctors, nicknamed by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist.
“I’M GLAD.” We choose to use the Baker dyed and sewed the material for
veterinary medical symbol, which is the the first flag himself --in the true spirit
staff of Aesculapius with the letter “V,” of Betsy Ross. The original flag consisted
overlaid onto the pink triangle which is of eight colored stripes. Each color
the historic symbol that gay men were represented a special quality—hot pink:
forced to wear in the concentration sexuality; red: life; orange: healing;
camps of Germany (lesbians were forced yellow: sunlight; green: nature; Our new LGVMA logo.
to wear the black triangle). turquoise: magic/art; indigo: serenity/
harmony; violet: spirit. The current gay
The pink triangle has become a symbol rainbow flag has only six colors. Hot
of gay rights. Our logo has served us well pink was removed due to lack of
during our “teenage” years of growth. availability of colors during future flag
Now that we are 18 years old, the board making, and indigo was removed to
felt it was time to update our image make an even six colors. Today, the
within the veterinary profession. rainbow is one of the most commonly
recognized international symbols of
The staff of Aesculapius is an ancient gay pride.
symbol associated the with Greek god
Asclepius and with medicine and LGVMA has updated our logo to
healing. It consists of a single serpent include the rainbow colors. The new logo Variations, shown below, of the logo are available
on T-shirts and LGVMA merchandise online at
entwined around a rod. The addition of keeps our historic triangle outline and Cafepress: www.cafepress.com/lgvma
the letter “V” to the rod of Asclepius is incorporates the rainbow in the “V” on
the symbol used most commonly to top of the rod of Asclepius.
represent veterinary medicine, especially
in North America. The wand of Hermes Several versions of the LGVMA logo
(Greek) or Mercury (Roman) is the will be available for merchandise and
symbol of commerce. The caduceus is organizational communication and
depicted as a short herald’s staff recognition. We are excited to introduce
entwined by two serpents in the form our new logo as LGVMA has become
of a double helix, and sometimes more accepted within the veterinary
surmounted by wings. Both the staff community. We also hope that our
of Aesculapius and the caduceus are symbol will spark purchase of LGVMA
referred to as the “caduceus.” In 1902, merchandise at Café Press located on
the U.S. Army selected the winged staff our website at www.lgvma.org. We hope
with two snakes as its symbol. There are you will purchase a t-shirt or two!
no guidelines or rules as to the forms
that they may take.
8 LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009
Vet Tech Outreach
LGVMA is reaching out to veterinary technicians and veterinary technician
students with the hope of expanding our membership in 2009. Although we
have always welcomed technician members, we are enhancing our efforts LGVMA Five-Year Plan
through an active outreach program.
Doubling the budget in five years
Lyn Garson, CVT, was elected last year as LGVMA’s veterinary technician
Board development and expansion
representative and board member. She is leading these exciting outreach
efforts and is in the process of collaborating with veterinary technician schools Become North American
and associations throughout North America to spread the word about LGVMA. organization - include Canada,
Lyn is looking for volunteers to join in this outreach work. If you are interested Caribbean and Mexico
please contact Lyn at email@example.com.
Active chapters in 75% of North
Another exciting initiative targeted at veterinary technicians is the American veterinary schools
development of a pilot veterinary technician student scholarship program,
Diversity— increase participation
which the board recently voted to begin in 2009. The application deadline has
been extended to September 30, 2009. Scholarship information can be
found on the LGVMA website. Update LGVMA image
Finally, in an effort to be more inclusive to all veterinary professionals, the LGVMA major event— LGBT cruise
LGVMA bylaws and constitution are being updated to reflect our commitment
75% of members “out” at workplace
to diversifying our membership.
Hire paid staff
750 members by the year 2014
Please join Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)
as we go for a walk (or a run) and take our leashes Scholarships:
to the San Francisco AIDS Walk on Sunday, July three veterinary student
19th in Golden Gate Park. and three technician student
scholarships at $1000 each
Team PAWS: Doggone Fun Run is an officially
registered team at the San Francisco AIDS Walk. Major educational project
We’ll be back in the park and all the pledges
Increase value of website
collected by our team members will help support
the vital services of PAWS. Annual World AIDS Day as a
To sign up and start collecting pledges, visit us
at www.doggonefunrun.org or call 415-979-9550 Work to convince AVMA/CVMA
x309 today or sponsor John Lipp, President of to recognize our World AIDS
PAWS. Day program
LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009 9
Montreal– The New Beginning
By Wayne Hollingshead, DVM
The ACVIM/CVMA meeting was our Our presence also helped a few The booth needs to be staffed during the
first true “out” event for LGVMA. We transgendered students who presently entire convention time - it can be as busy
displayed our new banner at the LGVMA struggle in vet schools as well as the in between breaks as during a break.
booth, which was staffed by two many vet and tech students who also
volunteers, besides me, over the three stopped by to say “glad you are here and The dinner should be planned well
days of the conference. We found that glad we have a group to associate with.” ahead of the conference, with day and
staffing the booth at all times became time posted on our website- actual place
important rather than just at coffee to be determined once the organizers are
breaks. Thanks Ken and Shane. there. This allows for people to plan
ahead if they would like to join us.
We produced business cards to hand
out, as well as an informational sheet in I hope we can continue to participate
both English and French. The majority over the next few years at major
of these were given to interested gay and conventions- it is truly a rewarding
lesbian individuals as well as supportive experience for our association, as well
straight people. as for the lesbian/gay/transgendered/
bisexual veterinary professionals who
There was no negativity toward us, and are out there.
in fact, those that stopped by kept saying
“I did not know you existed! I am glad Thanks Canada for your open arms and
you are here.” A positive, supportive Wayne Hollingshead and Ken Gorczyca show off our hospitality!
comment came from a well-known new LGVMA banner at the booth in Montreal.
Canadian veterinarian who said, “I am
so glad you are here to push our Another positive experience was an
conservative profession." We received an inquiry from Veterinary Economics
honest “Thank you for being part of the magazine.
exhibits” from the President of ACVIM.
Our experience culminated with a Friday
Another of the unknown bonuses was night dinner for 20 people. Everyone
the presence of many faculty members had a great time at the dinner with some
from various veterinary colleges. Many new people interested in joining and
who stopped by showed interest in some that had let their membership
helping to promote our association to lapse but wanted to come back.
Some of the lessons learned by staffing
While at the conference we developed the booth include: when someone
a good rapport with the Canadian approached the booth we used the non-
Veterinary Technician Association threatening phrase: “Do you know
(CAAHT). They also offered to help with anyone who might benefit from knowing
some of the translation work that may about LGVMA's existance?"
need to be done.
10 LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009
Toronto Pride 2009
By Shane Bateman, DVM
On Saturday, June 27, 2009, the Dr. Shane Bateman volunteered to
newly christened LGVMA banner be the official banner monitor and
was invited to join in Toronto's Pride made this a part of his own Pride
Celebration. celebrations this year in Toronto.
For those unfamiliar with Toronto
Dr. Morris Samson, a local Pride, it is frequently considered one
veterinarian and LGBT ally, saw the of the top three Pride celebrations
banner and was introduced to our to attend in North America, after San
organization during the promotional Francisco and New York.
activities at CVMA/ACVIM in
Montreal. Dr. Samson, his family, The parade is the culminating event
and some of his staff members, of the week long celebrations and
participate annually in Toronto frequently garners 800,000 to
Pride's community festival, both to 1,000,000 gay and straight
increase exposure of his clinic to spectators. Although the weather was
LGBT clientele and also as a tribute not ideal this year, the parade was a
to his late classmate and friend, great success. The community in the event this year was a great
Martin DeForest. Dr. Samson made festival occurs in the heart of the gay start, we had lots of traffic and
arrangements with LGVMA to have village/ghetto in Toronto where are hopeful we increased awareness
the banner participate jointly with several blocks are closed to traffic and possibly increased membership
his community festival booth. but open to all sorts of revelry and too. Happy Pride from Toronto!
great fun. LGVMA participation
LGVMA Members Are Everywhere
Besides the United States and Canada, LGVMA is proud to have members from Australia, New Zealand, St. Kitts, and France.
We truly are everywhere– come join us!
Weddings are everywhere too– announce yours here!
LGVMA member Daniel K. Edge, DVM and AJ Wolff Edge of Lewisville, NC will be legally married on July 20th, 2009 in the
attendance of friends and family in Des Moines, Iowa.
LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009 11
LGVMA Student Chapter News
Two Successful Student Events both the human and veterinary fields to The club, which is rumored to have
SAVMA Symposium 2009 discuss the veterinarian’s role in the once been very active with a healthy
On March 27, 2009 over 30 students healthcare team necessary to help membership, had not met for some time,
attended the 2nd Annual LGVMA HIV/AIDS patients establish and and there seemed to be no initiative to
SAVMA Social. A panel of "out" maintain safe relationships with their revive it. Since then, with minimal effort,
veterinarians from private practice, animal companions. I received assistance from a faculty
public practice and academia were member, along with a few outgoing
present to interact with students about Following the lecture, attendees were students, and we’ve begun holding small
their experiences as "out" veterinarians. provided lunch and offered the social gatherings.
Our thanks to panelists Shane Bateman, opportunity to rotate through several
DVM, Linda Detwiller, DVM, and booths with additional information. I hope that with a little more time and
Jennifer Thomas, DVM. It seems most Representatives from East Alabama exposure we will see membership grow
of the students' questions involved Medical Center AIDS Outreach program again. My goal is to develop a
general job search advice; it's as well as a number of Auburn faculty community-minded social group that
encouraging that not many involved members were available with additional can reach out to the campus, and
issues of discrimination or coming out in information on zoonotic diseases, the perhaps even the St. Kitts community, to
the workplace. A huge thank you to global impact of HIV/AIDS and much help increase awareness and to
Lemongrass Fusion restaurant and also more. This student-led initiative was the encourage tolerance and understanding.
to Jenni Huelsman (OSU '10) and result of numerous organizations
everyone else who coordinated and/or coming together and collaborating in an Melissa J. Ryce
attended the event. effort to raise awareness and improve Ross University School of Veterinary
the lives of humans and animals Medicine– Class of 2012
Now is the time to start planning for alike. The feedback from event attendees firstname.lastname@example.org
next year's event which will be hosted was overwhelmingly positive, and
by the University of Wisconsin from several individuals asked what the plans
March 10-14, 2010. If you are planning are for next year! Got Student
on attending or are a UW student please
contact us so that we can form the Nick De Pompa
planning committee for 2010! Auburn University
Send it to
College of Veterinary Medicine
World AIDS DAY 2008 DVM Student - 2011
The First Annual World AIDS Day event email@example.com
at Auburn University's College of
Veterinary Medicine, held on December
1st, 2008, was a huge success. Over Ross University
600 informational packets and red Hello, LGVMA members!
ribbons were distributed to students and I am a new LGVMA member and first
faculty. Nearly 200 guests attended the year student at Ross University School
lecture on the Veterinarian’s Continuing of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean
Role in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, isle of St. Kitts.
presented by Dr. Caroline Schaffer. The
one-of-a-kind event brought together I arrived at Ross in January and found
health professionals, and students, from the campus LGBT group was inactive.
12 LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009
LGVMA Student Scholarship Update
We received 14 qualified applications out and encourage qualified technician
for the 2009 LGVMA Vet Student student applicants to apply.
Work From Home
Scholarship Program. This number is
Using Your Computer
up from applications received in 2008! Check our website at www.lgvma.org to
The committee will choose two out- find out more about the LGVMA
standing applicants and announce them student scholarship programs. Committee
at our Annual Meeting in Seattle. The Review veterinary student and
awards were raised to $750 this year. LGVMA depends on your generous veterinary technician student
scholarship applications from the
donations to help fund our student
comfort of your home!
Veterinary Technician Students! scholarship programs. You can donate
Our first Veterinary Technician Student directly on-line by visiting us at Yahoo Listserve Moderator
Scholarship deadline has been extended www.lgvma.org or send a check to Help LGVMA moderate our
to September 30, 2009 to allow for LGVMA, 584 Castro Street # 492, public listserve from home by
greater publicity and participation. We San Francisco, CA 94114.
applications and guiding
have done outreach to American and
Canadian veterinary technician schools
and associations to get the word out Newsletter Writer
about our new technician scholarship. Submit an essay or article.
We also need your help to get the word
Bylaw and Constitution
Help with our official
5 Ways You Can Help LGVMA
1. Volunteer to help staff our information booth at conferences Help LGVMA outreach to the
veterinary technician community.
2. Bring our banner to a local event
3. Donate airline miles or hotel extras Join our board of directors. You
are not required to attend board
4. Donate to our general fund and/or student scholarship funds meetings in person, but can join
us via teleconference.
5. Encourage your friends and colleagues to become LGVMA members
LGVMA Special Event
Help us organize an educational
LGBT cruise event.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to
volunteer or for more information
on these exciting opportunities.
LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009 13
AVMA Annual Convention World AIDS Day
Seattle, Washington December 1, 2009
July 11 to 14, 2009 (Auburn and beyond)
While attending the conference in Come join us for the second annual
Seattle, come join LGVMA for a Two sequential conferences jointly World AIDS Day events. Watch for
networking dinner and other events… sponsored by: updates and information as this event
University of Missouri gets closer.
Planning meeting— www.missouri.edu
Saturday, July 11 at 10AM to 4PM LGVMA 2010
Hotel and room on www.lgvma.org International Society for LGVMA will be hosting networking
Anthrozoology (ISAZ) social opportunities at NAVC, WSVC,
LGVMA annual meeting— 18th Annual Conference MWVC, SAVMA Symposium, AVMA,
Sunday, July 12 noon to 1PM followed by Oct. 20 to 23, 2009 Canadian VMA and ACVIM in 2010.
board meeting from 1 to 2PM Kansas City, Missouri Please contact us if you are interesting in
helping at any of these exciting events.
Educational booth planned for exhibit Research Center for Human-
hall— volunteers are needed to staff our Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) If you would like to organize an LGVMA
booth during peak hours. Please contact 1st Human Animal Interaction event at another conference, we can help
us at email@example.com if you are Conference you do this. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
interested in helping. Oct. 22 to 25, 2009
Check our website at www.lgvma.org for
all the latest conference event updates.
Emergency and Critical Care
Hyatt Regency- downtown Chicago
Sept 9 to 13, 2009
LGVMA needs volunteers to organize
networking dinners at these conferences.
Complex Disease Management
American Association of Feline
October 30 - November 2, 2009
The 27th Annual Conference of the Hyatt Regency Denver at
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association Colorado Convention Center
Sept 30-October 3, 2009 Denver, CO
www.glma.org More information click here . . .
Many of LGVMA members have
14 LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009
LGVMA Networking Cards
LGVMA networking cards are a great way to introduce your friends and colleagues to our organization and encourage membership.
Simply send us a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will send you a packet of 5 cards (or more if you request number).
LGVMA Networking Cards, 584 Castro Street #492, San Francisco, CA 94114
16th Annual Pride of Pets Fund Dog Show
PETS-DC 16th Annual “Pride of Pets” Fun Dog Show took place at Dupont
Circle on June 21, 2009. Founded in October 1990 as a non-profit organi-
zation of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with HIV/
AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion animals, PETS-
DC also provides public health education, exercise, pet food, veterinary
care, grooming, foster care, and adoptions at no cost to individuals in the
Metropolitan Washington DC area. Chip Wells, DVM is founder and has
helped run this organization.
Description of categories included: Best Tail Wagging, Most Affectionate,
Best Mirror Image, Most Obedient, Most Original Costume , Least Obedi-
Bryan, the handler, and “Diesel”, the dog, (owned by Daniel Sadory
ent, Most Mysterious Heritage, Terrific Pet Tricks, Best Puppy, Best Sen- and Matt Baty) as First Place Winner of Peoples Choice/Best of
ior Dog, Best Pairs, Most Glamorous, Best Vocal Performance, Most Ador- Show. Photo by Elvert Xaview Barnes Photography
able, Peoples Choice of Best of Show Award.
LGVMA’s GOOD NEWS! — Summer 2009 15
You can advertise in LGVMA's Good News!
Current members receive complementary
classified ads for job listings in the newsletter
LGVMA store open at
and on our website. CafePress
Non-members can advertise job listings for visit www.cafepress.com/lgvma
$30 per issue (includes website post).
Check out LGVMA wear and LGVMA
1/4 page business ad for one newsletter issue wares. 100% of all proceeds from the
is $100 and includes free link on our website. sale of LGVMA products will go directly
Members receive 50% discount. Contact us into our General Fund.
for 1/2 page and full page ad prices.
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